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Active Energy Group hopes to help utilities cut emissions with its unique CoalSwitch™ pellets. Bioenergy Insight editor Dawn Stephens-Borg speaks to CEO Michael Rowan to find out more.

Based in the UK and with rapidly expanding operations in the US, Active Energy Group is making waves in the pellet industry. From its production facility in Lumberton, North Carolina — currently under construction — AEG will utilise locally sourced residual biomass, such as bark, treetops, and branches, to produce its innovative CoalSwitch™ pellets.

The concept, of course, is that these unique pellets can be used to replace coal entirely at power plants, or co-fire with coal, helping to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

In March 2019, AEG acquired an industrial site covering 415,000 square feet of covered factory space and around 145 acres of surrounding land in Lumberton. The site will become the new base for all of AEG’s CoalSwitch operations in the US and house the first permanent production facility for the pellets.

AEG chose the site due to its strategic location close to the Eastern Seaboard of...

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